Chomuzangari Women's Cooperative

About Project Hope

Hope Foundation, our partner organisation in Zimbabwe, is a non-profit community based organization working towards women empowerment, education and livelihood promotion. The Foundation aspires to improve the living conditions of the poor and marginalized by adopting strategies through community initiative, participation and sensitization.

Project Hope, on the other hand, is an innovative women’s and young people’s empowerment project which will be piloted in Chomuzangari Village of Chivi District in Masvingo Province in Zimbabwe from January 2017 -December 2020. The primary objective of project Hope is to address gender imbalances that society has sown in this community of Chivi District. Project Hope notes with concern that Gender inequalities in education, employment and Civil liberties in Chivi have greatly deprived women of their basic freedoms and violated their human rights.

In this light, project Hope will be implemented through our sister organisation in Zimbabwe Hope Foundation. The Foundation will dedicate its work towards the empowerment of Women and Young People especially those from the marginalised section of Society towards a decent and fulfilling life. The very people experiencing these challenges will become the centre of our project design involving them from the start to the end. 

The entry point is to raise Hope and ultimately develop community change champions. Hope or ‘Expectation’; ‘Anticipation’ or ‘Optimism’ seeks to draw these from the very people who are experiencing those challenges. Their expectations provide the basis of the driving force behind Hope Foundations Theory of Change.

Project Hope Mission

To support the strengthening of rural women and young people’s capacities to self-organise for growth and transformation of their communities.

We do this by;
  • Advancing adaptation and women’s empowerment in a changing climate.
  • Enhancing women’s participation and transformative leadership.
  • Investing in women’s networks and organising
  • Adopting technologies that advance women’s education
  • Promoting gender and health
Hope Foundation has also placed a set of these ‘values’ as guarantees of the extent to which we are committed and willing to excel to achieve our Mission and Vision.

The ‘Values’ are as follows;

We seek to promote development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the future generations to meet their own needs. Our focus on shared experiences allows for localised adaptation and development of transformative processes that are owned by the communities and also improved by them. In essence this is empowerment which is sown and like indigenous knowledge systems it allows for a cumulative passing on of experiences from one generation to the other.

Hope Foundation believes that ‘We are in this together’ and calls for undivided attention in the design, implementation and assessment of impacts. This entails the political will of our policy makers as an organisation to the involvement of our staff in programming and implementation.

Our stakeholders are our biggest asset and as Hope Foundation will always endeavour to act morally, ethical and continuously show high respect and righteousness in dealing with our stakeholders.

Recognising the power of ‘tacit knowledge’ which resides in people’s minds, one is acknowledging that without participation there can never be appropriate transformation which leads to innovation and sustainability. The utilisation of learning platforms through knowledge sharing will ensure that participation becomes the fulcrum of project design, implementation and evaluation.

We firmly believe in work in an open-minded manner with disclosure of processes and associated impacts. Hope Foundation will provide to its stakeholders clear, accurate and up to date information and will in return expect the same from its stakeholders. This enables us to develop trust and comradeship which is essential for buy in and assumption of ownership of processes and outcomes.

2016 - 2020 Timeframe

The above mission and values will thus be tested in the coming 5 years when project Hope kicks off as a fully fledged project with the following objectives.